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Mama's on Washington Square

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1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2914
+1 415-362-6421
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Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Description: Established in 1951. The family of Mama and Papa Sanchez, serves up...
Established in 1951. The family of Mama and Papa Sanchez, serves up traditional and innovative breakfast dishes in "Little Italy", the famous North Beach District in San Francisco. Across the street from the beautiful Washington Square Park, Mama's legions of fans line up early and throughout the day. We use the freshest of local products, imported Italian meats to fill our fluffy omelettes, homemade jam, fresh baked breads, pastries and other delectable dishes. We invite you to try our little restaurant and become part of the Mama's Family.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Long wait but worthy

I arrived at 8:08 and they open at 8, buy even though I had to wait an hour. However, the breakfast was amazing and the roasted potatoes delicious. 100% recommendable.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Mexico City, Mexico
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

2 hours wait and counting. So no matter what the food would be like,i will never do it again. There should be more consideration for the clients waiting outside and baking in the son. A courtesy offer of water while you wait could help.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I arrived at 8:08 and they open at 8, buy even though I had to wait an hour. However, the breakfast was amazing and the roasted potatoes delicious. 100% recommendable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

1시간 30분의 웨이팅이 아깝지 않은 곳. 스페셜 Crab cake egg benedict를 주문했고 정말 맛있었다. 아쉬운 점이 있었다면 함께 주문한 스무디는 좀 아쉬웠다. I ordered crab cake egg benedict, the house specials, and it was delicious. Worth it to wait about 1.5 hours. The only reason I did not give 5 points because the smoothie I ordered was not my favorite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

amazing is not enough , it was fabulous and certainaly worth the long qeue. there is a good variety on the menu and the owners were very freindly and chatty in a way that makes u feel u have known them for a long time ... i went 3days in a row the week i was in san francisco

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Be aware, no credit card, so prepare your cash! Moreover, you'll wait an average of 90 minutes, no less. Because Mama's is an institution for what concerns the breakfast or brunch, depending at which hour you will decide to arrive there. And then if you are in San Francisco, on Sunday morning, it would be a pity to not visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

It took us 1 hour queue to feet in but when we tasted their pancakes and French toast it was extraordinary. It definitively worth to wait...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We were recommended to go to Mama's by our flatmate and managed to just squeeze it in as we were staying on the other side of town. We visited in August 2014 and arrived around 8.30am - we were told to get there before/around 8am but got delayed slightly. We ended up waiting at least 1 1/2-2 hours. The staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

It is really tasty and definitely worst the wait. If you arrive after 8.30 am, you'll have to queue for an hour to have a table. We did it and didn't regret it at all. The bread is really good. Everything was so tasty!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This place was highly recommended by a friend who told me that there is always a line to get in. Staying across town, we took a taxi. When we got there it didn't seem like much of a line. Two hours later we had lunch instead of breakfast. The food was very good, but the wait is too much to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

You will notice the waiting line outside the restaurant when you pass by, don't hesitate and get in the line. The food was so delicious and worth the waiting. They are masters of breakfast.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2914
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-362-6421

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Price Range: $ $

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

Established in 1951. The family of Mama and Papa Sanchez, serves up traditional and innovative breakfast dishes in "Little Italy", the famous North Beach District in San Francisco. Across the street from the beautiful Washington Square Park, Mama's legions of fans line up early and throughout the day. We use the freshest of local products, imported Italian meats to fill our fluffy omelettes, homemade jam, fresh baked breads, pastries and other delectable dishes. We invite you to try our little restaurant and become part of the Mama's Family.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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